Wednesday, November 12, 2014 · 9 am–3 pm
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Madison West, Madison, WI
Cost: $169

As a result of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify common errors and best practices for air barriers details.
  • Describe the pros and cons of common air barrier products.
  • Explain what to look for in a commercial building when auditing an air barrier.
  • Define common airtightness field testing methods and how they relate to building commissioning processes.

To get the most out of this course we recommend that you have fundamental knowledge of building science principles. In addition, you may find a review of these documents to be beneficial: BSD-014: Air Flow Control in Buildings, BSD-040, Airtightness Testing in Large Buildings and GSA 2014 Facilities Standards (P100).

Who should attend?
Architects, engineers, building performance consultants, commercial builders, energy modelers, building owners, facility managers, maintenance personnel, energy managers, building operators, contractors, energy efficiency specialists and anyone interested in commercial building airtightness.

Pop quiz
Test your knowledge of commercial building airtightness

Airtightness impacts durability, energy efficiency and comfort. Join us to discuss how to address it during the design process and in existing buildings. We’ll take a look at common errors and practical approaches to control air leakage, as well as lessons learned through real-world case studies. Wall, window and roof material selection and assembly best practices will be reviewed and the keys to useful air barrier tests will be examined. We’ll also explain different airtightness testing methods and where they fit in to the building commissioning process.

8:30 am: Registration and continental breakfast
9 am–3 pm: Program (lunch and breaks provided)

The registration fee for attending this full-day course is $169, which includes continental breakfast and lunch. There is limited availability, so you are encouraged to register early.

General information
Site information will be sent with your enrollment confirmation. If you have any special needs (e.g. dietary, physical), please let us know at the time of registration. All requests will be kept confidential.

Photo and video rights
We reserve the right to use photographs taken during the event for promotional purposes. Also, this program may be video taped for future publication.

Please note that in order to receive continuing education credits, you must be present for the entire course; partial credit cannot be given.

AFE This program supports a topic within the Body of Knowledge outlined by the Association for Facilities Engineering CPE/CPMM/CPS Certification Programs, and should count as 0.50 CEUs (4.75 hours) toward re-certification.

AIA Members of the American Institute of Architects will receive 4.75 LUs.

BOMI This course is approved for 4.5 continuing professional development points toward renewal of the professional designations offered by BOMI International.

GBCI The Energy Center of Wisconsin is a provider of GBCI approved courses for continuing education. This is a GBCI approved course and offers 4.5 CE hours. The Energy Center of Wisconsin is also a USGBC Education Partner.

IACET The Energy Center of Wisconsin has been accredited as an authorized provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training. As an IACET Authorized Provider, the Energy Center of Wisconsin offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET standard. The Energy Center of Wisconsin is authorized by IACET to offer 0.5 CEUs for this program.

WI-DSPS Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has approved this course for 4.5 CEUs for Commercial Building Inspector Certification

WI PE This course qualifies for up to 4.5 PDHs for professional engineers in the state of Wisconsin. The registrant must verify that the course content is related to their area of professional practice (more information).

Airtightness in large buildings

  • Review of air flow control principles
  • Basic terminology of air flow control
  • Airtightness targets and specifications for large buildings
  • Case study

Review of architectural details for air barrier systems I

  • Wall assembly air barriers best practices
  • Window and penetration details best practices
  • Air barrier materials selection for commercial building walls

Review of architectural details for air barrier systems II

  • Roof assembly air barriers best practices
  • Penetrations and parapets best practices
  • Air barrier materials selection for commercial building roofs
  • Case study

Keys to a useful air barrier test

  • Background
    • Design and specifications
    • Quality control versus quality assurance
  • Four goals of a test
    • Verify airtightness
    • Continuity
    • Structural integrity
    • Durability
  • Choosing a test method for large buildings
  • Communication between stakeholders

Airtightness testing in the field

  • Reasons to use airtightness testing
  • Types of test
    • Blower door
    • Thermal imaging
  • Case study
  • Building commissioning/enclosure commissioning—where airtightness tests fit in
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Madison West
1109 Fourier Drive
Madison , WI

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